Excerpt of Interview with Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop
INSIDE THE VATICAN
How can we as Catholic Americans provide a more fully
GEORGE: We're involved in that discussion all the time… It's a question,
I think, of relativizing the absoluteness of choice. In other words,
understanding that human freedom brings you into relationship rather than
into autonomy. We get that from the Holy Trinity. We get that from being
members of the Body of Christ. Catholics have to keep saying there's some
relations that cannot be "unchosen." Marriage is one, for example, and the
Church is another; ordination is another. And the idea that some things once
chosen freely cannot be unchosen - that's something that isn't very much
reinforced, and at that point the culture is less than human. It is less
than adequate to the profundity of the human soul itself, that calls out, I
think, for a kind of stability - in Christ, at least, we believe - that runs
counter to this idea, "Well I can undo anything that's done, I can unchoose
anything that I've chosen."
Do you think that leads to the deterioration we've seen, and the loss of
respect for human life?
GEORGE: Sure it does. I mean, we choose autonomy rather than life, at
certain points, when there's an abortion.